I wonder if there is a different explanation, such as a family who has two
working parents finds little time to cook, or they are just too exhausted after
working all day, and so opt for fast food instead.
JLR: Interesting thought. Food is probably a decent place to start
looking. I know that many daycare places that provide food, buy bulk items that
can store, which means sugar and carbs, because they're cheap and last a
long time in the pantry.And parents who have their children in
daycare probably want to 'treat' their kids more often to assuage
feelings of guilt at not being a traditional parental model, and in the case of
dual incomes they may even have more means to do so.
It's a Canadian study. There nutrition requirements are different.
Snacks are common in daycare settings, and usually aren't carrot and celery
sticks. Commericial cookies and crackers are often used for snacks, and meals
are less vegetable oriented, and more processed food inclined. I'm sure
many factors are involved, but we all know daycare isn't the ideal place
for children to spend long periods of time.